Saint Thomas Health to adopt Ascension as part of its name

Posted by | October 5, 2018 8:31 am

On Oct. 2, 2018, Saint Thomas Health announced it would add Ascension to its name as part of a national effort to unify Ascension care sites across the country, making it easier for patients to access the care they need and navigate their health regardless of their location. In moving toward a unified name, Saint Thomas Health will become Ascension Saint Thomas and adopt the Ascension logo.

By creating more consistent names for its facilities and services across the country, Ascension will better connect every aspect of care and innovation across its hospitals and other sites of care.

Saint Thomas Health has been part of Ascension since 1999. … Read More



WCHS basketball BBQ dinner tickets

Posted by | October 4, 2018 1:25 pm

The Warrior and Warriorette basketball teams of White County High School will jointly host a BBQ dinner, 5-8 p.m., Oct. 18, 2018 , in the WCHS cafeteria.
The cost of the ticket is $50, which admits two people to the dinner. The ticket is also placed in a drawing for various door prizes throughout the night, including the final prize, which is $5,000. The proceeds from this dinner will help with expenses for both high school basketball teams.


WCMS Warriors drop heartbreaker to Warren County Pioneers

Posted by | October 4, 2018 1:21 pm

Owen Adams rushed for two touchdowns, in Tuesday night’s game. Adams will look to help carry the Warriors to a win, on Saturday, at noon.

The White County Middle School football team played host to Warren County, on Oct. 2, for the final home game of the season.

The Pioneers handed the Warriors a 20-14 scoring with .2 seconds left on the clock.

The Warriors go on the board first when Owen Adams scored, with 3:39 remaining in the first quarter to put the Warriors up 6-0. Neither team could find the end zone the rest of the half, and the Warriors would take a 6-0 lead into the locker room.

In the second half, the Pioneers would open the half scoring, with 5:14 remaining in the quarter, to go up 8-6. The … Read More


Warrior youth teams are headed to championship

Posted by | October 4, 2018 1:19 pm

Griffin Adams rushed for four touchdowns this past Saturday. The Warriors will host all three-conference championship games Oct. 6, at the White County Recreation Complex, on Smithville Highway.The Peewee Warriors will kick off the day at 10 a.m., with the Juniors following at noon, and the Seniors wrapping up the day at 2 p.m.

The Warrior youth football teams continue to go full steam ahead, with all three teams advancing to the Conference Championship.

The Peewee team got the day going, picking up a 41-6 win. Griffin Adams, who finished the day with four touchdowns, led the Warriors. Tate Pinion and Clay Brewington would add a score. Adams and Paul Dylan Bickford led the Warriors’ defense.

The Junior Warriors pushed their win streak to six games by picking up a win over Smith County, 32-13. JoJo Dowell and Tucker Pinion led the way on offense, and Will Thomas would complete a 50-yard TD to Tucker Pinion.

The Senior Warriors would continue their … Read More


Warriors look to break through

Posted by | October 4, 2018 1:13 pm

The White County High School Warrior football team is still in search of their first win of the season and their first region win in 21 tries. To accomplish that feat, they must stop the number eight team in 5A football, the Page High School Patriots.

The Warriors will take on the Page Patriots, at 7 p.m., Oct. 5, at Page High School.

This will be the second-ever meeting between the Patriots and the Warriors. The Patriots won last year’s meeting over the Warriors 48-0. Last season, the Patriots finished the year with an 8-4 record and made it to the second round of the playoffs before losing … Read More


Children’s Advocacy Center

Posted by | October 4, 2018 10:34 am

L-R: Martha Phillips (CAC31 executive director), Greg Wilson, Rick Perez, NaKeisha McBride (CAC31 prevention advocate)

Van Buren County Mayor Greg Wilson and Martha Phillips are pleased to announce the upcoming opening of the Children’s Advocacy Center for the 31st Judicial District new office, in Spencer.

“We are extremely thankful to Van Buren County for collaborating with us on the establishment of this office,” said Rick Perez, CAC31 board president and Van Buren special projects deputy.

CAC31 will open their office in the old Masonic Lodge, at 146 Spring St., in early October.

Children’s Advocacy Center provides prevention, intervention, and healing to victims of severe child abuse in Van Buren and Warren County.


Van Buren Adult and Youth Leadership Class of 2019

Posted by | October 4, 2018 10:12 am

The combined Van Buren County Youth and Adult Leadership program is designed to give the participants an in depth understanding of the community and issues facing Van Buren County. Participants will spend approximately one day per month studying different aspects of the community, including tourism; agriculture; education; community development; social service programs; city, county, and state governments; and the judicial system. Sessions begin in September and conclude with a graduation banquet, in May.


Van Buren improves graduation rates by 8.4 percentage points

Posted by | October 4, 2018 10:00 am

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen recently announced that the 2017-18 high school graduation rate held steady at 89.1 percent, which is the highest graduation rate on record for Tennessee. This year, more than 56 percent of districts with high schools saw their graduation rates improve when compared to last year’s rates.

“Our schools and districts should be proud that once again we have hit our state’s highest graduation rate on record while still holding our students to high expectations,” McQueen said. “By continuing to raise the expectations, we are signaling that Tennessee students are leaving high school with the knowledge and skills to be successful in college and the … Read More


Eaglettes move into District Championship game with a win

Posted by | October 4, 2018 8:35 am

The Eaglettes will play in the District Tournament Championship game at 6 p.m., Oct. 4, at Clarkrange High School. The Eaglettes will take on Bledsoe County. The Eaglettes won both of their matchups against Bledsoe County in the regular season.

To say the Van Buren County Eaglettes have made a turnaround on the volleyball court this season would be an understatement.

Last season, the Eaglettes finished the year in last place. Fast forward to this season; the Eaglettes won the district regular season with a 12-1 district record and will be playing for the District 3-A Tournament Championship, on Oct. 4.

The Eaglettes got to that game by taking down Oakdale in the first round. And then on Tuesday, the Eaglettes would pick up a 3-0 win over Wartburg.

On Oct. 2, the Eaglettes proved why they were the top-seeded team in the tournament. The Eaglettes jumped out … Read More


Thinking back to that first day of kindergarten

Posted by | October 4, 2018 8:31 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Before she went back to North Carolina…before she spent a couple of weeks with Nahnee and Papa in Bristol…before she spent a week in Raleigh…before she spent her 5th birthday evacuating from Wilmington with Mom, running from the “bad storm,” Katie Grace experienced the excitement of her first day as a kindergartner.

But before we talk about that, allow me to clarify to which first day of kindergarten I am referring. On Monday, hopefully, she will have her first day back in kindergarten at First Presbyterian Church of Wilmington. A couple of weeks ago she had her first day of kindergarten at … Read More


DAR members from around the district gather at Rock House

Posted by | October 4, 2018 8:29 am

Members of the Daughters of the American Revolution gathered at the Rock House State Historic Site for the 2nd Annual Bell Ringing Ceremony celebrating the 231st birthday of the U.S. Constitution. Members came from as far away as Alabama. Sequoyah District Director Emmy Edwards spoke on interesting facts about the Constitution and engaged the audience by having a trivia contest. White County Executive Denny Wayne signed a proclamation and read it to those present for the ceremony. The Rock House Chapter hosted the gathering, and, after the ceremony, served refreshments on the Rock House grounds.


Brett Kavanaugh is at the tip of the smear

Posted by | October 4, 2018 8:16 am

Language of Liberty – By Tony Perkins and FRC Senior Writers

Appearing before the U.S. Senate, Brett Kavanaugh was supposed to be a judge — not a defendant. Now, after three of the worst weeks of his life, he and his family are finding out that the path to a Supreme Court appointment is a costly one. And while it may be the pinnacle of his profession, getting there exacts a price no American should have to pay.

In his opening statement Judge Kavanaugh said “the confirmation process has become a national disgrace.” Beyond the destruction and pain it’s caused his family, he lamented the impact that this … Read More


Budget committee discusses school system and jail

Posted by | October 4, 2018 8:13 am

The county budget committee met Oct. 1 to discuss funds that channel through their books.

Chad Marcum, White County director of finance, explained general fund issues to the committee. These issues included:

  • Health department program grant – This grant would allow the department to reclassify funds labeled “instructional supplies” to another category so the money can be spent on other items.
  • Reallocation of litter control – Litter control has recently been under the sheriff department’s control. That office would like to turn it back over to the county executive’s office to manage. The committee stated it is waiting on Sheriff Steve Page to agree to reallocation in writing
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